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Nas Breaks Down Hip-Hop Classic ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ With Harvard Poetry Professor

Nas Breaks Down Hip-Hop Classic ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ With Harvard Poetry Professor by Terry Heick In April of 1994, Queens artist Nas released what would become one of the most iconic hip-hop albums of all time. ‘Illmatic’ contained 10 tracks, including ‘One Love,’ ‘Halftime,’ ‘Memory Lane,’ and ‘NY State of Mind.’ With legendary […]

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How My Students Organize Their Language Arts Binder

How My Students Organize Their Language Arts Binder by Terry Heick For many humanities teachers, how you have students organize their class binders–or if you have them keep one at all–says a lot about how you view that content area. Like an architect’s drawing table or a painter’s palette, for a teacher of any humanities […]

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‘The Objective’ As Read By Wendell Berry

‘The Objective’ As Read By Wendell Berry by Terry Heick I recently attended a screening of a documentary on Wendell Berry at the Louisville Speed Art Museum. TeachThought Professional Development Director Drew Perkins and I took in what was then called ‘The Seer’ back in July. Now titled ‘Look & See” out of, if I’m […]

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Owl Eyes: 12 Ways To Use Digital Text Annotation

Owl Eyes: 12 Ways To Use Digital Text Annotation by TeachThought Staff Owl Eyes asked us to let us know about their (free) digital text annotation tool they created for mobile reading. So what is it? Owl Eyes was designed to offer an improved reading experience for students, teachers, and everyday readers. They wanted a clean, […]

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Kurt Vonnegut Describes The Shape Of A Story

Kurt Vonnegut Describes The Shape Of A Story by Terry Heick The ‘narrative arc’ is a way of describing the traditional rising and falling of action in a story. Most stories are built around a character that wants something–Shrek wants his swamp back, Cinderella wants love, Woody wants to be played with (Toy Story). This […]

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12 Literary Road Trips In A Single Map

Extraordinary! 12 Literary Road Trips In A Single Map by TeachThought Staff Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez over at atlasobscura recently shared a map you might want to take a look at. The map–and its hand-typed notes–represent an enormous effort, and the selections themselves some mighty fine taste in recent literature. There are over 1500 entries on […]

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